11:30 PM (AEDST) Saturday, February 18 at Turf Moor, Burnley
The fifth round of the FA Cup begins on Saturday when Premier League side Burnley plays host to fifth division side Lincoln City.
Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Defour, Hendrick, Boyd; Vokes, Gray.
Lincoln City: Farman; Wood, Habergham, Arnold, Raggett; Waterfall, Hawkridge, Woodyard; Knott, Southwell, Rhead.
There have been 5 FA Cup matche3s between these two outfits with Burnley yet to suffer defeat, having won 3 games with 2 others drawn. Their last FA Cup contest was in 1996 where Burnley won 2-1. Three of the last four games in all competitions between these two sides have been 1 all draws, one of which was in their most recent clash back in 1999.
Burnley made a slow start to their season, picking up 6 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses before a form reversal saw them collect 5 wins, 2 draws and just 3 losses. Burnley began their FA Cup campaign in Round 3 where they were kept to a scoreless draw with Sunderland, forcing a rematch which they won 2-0. They won by the same score line in Round 4 against Bristol City which saw them advance to this fifth round clash.
Lincoln City have had a magnificent season so far in England’s fifth division competition, the National League. They’ve had 28 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses in all competitions this year. Their FA Cup campaign began with a 2-1 win over 6th division side Altrincham. In the second round they defeated third division side Oldham Athletic 3-2. Their third round clash against second division side Ipswich Town resulted in a 2 all draw which forced a return match which the fifth division Lincoln side won 1-0. Their impressive run continued in the fourth round where the dominated another second division side in Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1.
Burnley back 5 v Lincoln front 5 – The Lincoln forwards have been playing with great confidence and skill for this tournament and have proven to be a very capable outfit who love the big clashes. Burnley’s defence was very inconsistent and unreliable to start the year but has shown solid improvement of late.
A Premier League side against a fifth division team should be all that needs to be said. Lincoln though are a spirited outfit and they will fight all the way. Burnley should be too strong.
Lincoln City $11.00